Still time to enter a team into the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival

Monday 2 July 2018

With just two months to go until the River Cam reverberates to the sound of beating drums and splashing paddles, there is still time to get your team together and join in the annual Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival.

The hot weather inevitably turns our thoughts to activities on water and what better way to keep cool than with a day of competitive fun racing a dragon boat alongside your colleagues and friends?

The Dragon Boat Festival, which raises funds for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT), is one of the major highlights of the year in Cambridgeshire and more than 40 teams will battle it out in spectacular races on Saturday 8 September, cheered on and supported by hundreds of spectators. Businesses and groups across the region are invited to get involved and test their mettle against the new and returning crews who have already booked their places on the start line, all whilst raising money for a brilliant cause.

Last year’s Dragon Boat Festival raised a magnificent total of over £20,000 for official charity ACT which is the only charity dedicated to making a difference for patients at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals. By taking part and raising money for ACT, the teams will be helping to raise much needed funds for cutting each technology, additional specialist services, vital research and extra comforts for patients that make all the difference over and above what would be possible through NHS funding alone.

The 30’ dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided by race organisers, Gable Events, and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. No previous experience is needed to take part, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm.

The Festival promises a fantastic day for competitors and spectators alike with Chinese themed entertainment, children’s rides, inflatable activities and plenty of food and drink for all the family on the bankside.

Don’t worry if you think winning is out of the question as medals and trophies are awarded to the top three crews, top mixed crew and the ‘best dressed’ crew (as fancy as possible!) and there’s a superb incentive to top the fundraising leader board as the crew raising the most money for Addenbrooke’s will receive a fabulous private group cookery evening event of sushi making at Cambridge Cookery, the award-winning cookery school and neighbourhood bistro and café.

Emily Willdigg, ACT’s Events Fundraiser, is looking forward to building on the success of the event last year: “We hope that businesses will support our much-loved hospitals by getting a team together. With the help of many generous supporters, we can provide funds so that our local hospitals can offer the very best care day after day, year after year.”

For further information and to book your place on the start line this September please visit or call Gable Events on 01780 470718.